The Special Economic Zone Authority’s vision for Corporate Social Responsibility is to support the local communities and ensure that the development is aligned to the vision of the zone.
Over the last few years our focus has been across schools raising awareness on the importance education places, by providing scholarships / Training initiatives by introducing the Training for Employment initiatives as well as On Job training prioritizing the local communities.
Corporate Social Responsibility is integral critically should be aligned as it consists of the 3 pillars being Social, Economy as well as Environment.
Corporate Social Responsibility is the responsibility of all stakeholders and is not just the responsibility of one, equally mechanisms have been placed to initiate the Tawasul Fund which confirms the vision and mission to ensure that CSR can be contributed equally bringing all stakeholders under the zone, under one roof.
Corporate Social Responsibility
What does CSR mean to The Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm and its Investors?
SEZAD’s approach to CSR is to raise awareness by providing mechanisms to support a self-regulating business model that helps Investors / Contractors working within the zone to be more socially accountable to itself more importantly, its stakeholders (Our Investors, Employees, local communities to name a few), as well as the general public.
Corporate Citizenship a more trending word today for (CSR) enables companies to be conscious of the kind of impact they are having on all aspects of society including economic, social, and environmental. To engage in CSR means that, in the normal course of business, a company is operating in ways that enhance society and the environment, instead of contributing negatively to it.
We are committed to making a positive impact in the community in which we live and work through our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
In this Programme, we work hand in hand with community service organizations and charitable institutions. Our social consciousness strategy also includes an active obligation to preserve and protect the natural environment.
In country Value (ICV)
SEZAD Partnership and Development Department set new standards for the in country value of the investing companies related to contracting and purchase for the following reasons:
- Enhancing spending on products and services offered to the local people of the area (in and around the zone).
- Promote local products and develop them.
- Develop local competence of training and education occupational institutes to the highest international standards, in cline with actual opportunities available in the sector.
- Creating more jobs for Omani’s
- Mandating those government contractors to ensure maximum spend on materials, products and equipment from with the local and national market.
The most important factors of our success is the close relationship between SEZAD & the surrounding community that we operate in.
One of the core values that CSR has promoted is extending our reach across the community to add value and positively contribute to the wellbeing of society as a whole is at the core of SEZAD’s CSR.
Locally, we invest in causes identified to meet particular criteria and have a positive impact. Through donations, sponsorships and creating community events, we support organizations and individuals making positive change. Our community reach includes Scholarships to improve the level of educated communities within the Duqm region, participating in community-wide sporting events like the Camel races, as well as supporting the local governments on initiatives.
Omanisation and National Training Initiative
The objective of Partnership and Development department (PDD) CSR Section of providing training and support programs is to develop & sharpen the skills of the young national work force through training and educational programs in various occupational fields.
Partnership and development department coordinates with companies to hire a number of Omani’s based on their requirements. The large number of young people joining the programs reflects the value of this commitment.
Training for Employment
Job Search for the Local people of Duqm
We, in the CSR department, periodically communicate with Investors as well as our Contractors operating in SEZAD to check job openings and training opportunities for the local people of Duqm. We also collect and sort CVs and communicate job seekers about their latest developments on their job search process. In 2015, we coordinated with Takatuf to begin the preparation for Duqm training initiative, which aimed at training job seekers.
In coordination with MOMP SEZAD has been able to reduce the number of Job seekers in Duqm by providing job opportunities, and training programs as well as conducted Career fairs 2 years in a row. SEZAD has an established database in coordination with the Ministry of Manpower for job seekers that include a list of vacant positions in the company’s operating within SEZAD.
Amongst some of the continuous programs implemented was the setup of a SEZAD training centre which built, furnished and named the Duqm training center which was in coordination with Duqm Refinery provided to GUTECH University to train (50) local job seekers from within the community of Duqm.